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Date Inducted: 09 Dec 1992
Sport: Rugby League
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Raymond Price OAM - Rugby League

Renowned for his courage and high level of activity on the field of play, Raymond Price represented Australia in both rugby league and rugby union. He played for Parramatta (Sydney) in both football codes, as a breakaway forward in union and as a lock forward in league.

He played eight union Test matches in 1974/75 and was a member of touring teams to New Zealand, Britain and France. After touring with the Wallabies, he switched to league and represented Australia from 1978 to 1984, being vice-captain in 1984. He was a member of the successful Kangaroo teams of 1978 and 1982 and toured New Zealand in 1980.

He joined the Parramatta club in the New South Wales competition where he remained until 1986. During this time he was a vital member of the Parramatta team, winning the Sydney first-grade premierships in 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1986. He represented NSW from 1978 to 1984 and was captain in 1980, 1983 and 1984. He played for City (Sydney) from 1977 to 1983.

The winner of the Rothmans medal for best and fairest player in the 1979, Price was an ungainly but courageous and indefatigable athlete. He also won the Harry Sunderland medal in 1979 as the best Australian player in a home Test against England, and was the Dally M. Player and Lock of the Year in 1982.

He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to rugby league in 1985.

Inspiration: " Never give in "

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When considering the stature of an athlete or for that matter any person, I set great store in certain qualities which I believe to be essential in addition to skill. They are that the person conducts his of her life with dignity, with integrity, courage, and perhaps most of all, with modesty. These virtues are totally compatible with pride, ambition, and competitiveness.